The African e-commerce market is set to reach an annual revenue of $46.1 billion by 2025. This is according to the latest research by StockApps.com, a leading stock trading and news application.
Vyom Chaudhary, an editor at StockApps.com, says that with smartphones and internet technologies becoming increasingly accessible in Africa, the continent has become a lucrative market for the e-commerce industry.
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“Africa is shaping up to be the next hotbed for internet-based businesses. As smartphones and the internet become more prevalent in African countries, the population has started to shift towards online shopping,” he says.
Furthermore, Statista reports that the African e-commerce industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24.7% between 2017 and 2024. In 2017, the industry’s annual revenue was just $7.7 billion, and it is expected to increase to $42.3 billion in 2024. Thus, the yearly income stands to increase by almost 500% in seven years.
In the last couple of years, the pandemic has also helped the e-commerce industry, like everywhere else on the globe, adds Chaudhary.
“Thus, one can also expect the recent surge in growth to slow down in the coming years. In 2021, the African e-commerce industry brought in $28 billion in revenue. Compared to $21.4 billion in 2020, the 2021 figure represented a 31% annual increase. As per the report, the annual growth rate is expected to decline to 9% by 2025 gradually.”
In 2022, the African e-commerce industry is predicted to produce $33.3 billion in revenue, following an increase of 19%. Next year, the industry will grow by 14.7% to $ 38.2 billion. In 2024, the annual growth rate will further drop to 11%, with $42.3 billion in revenue. In 2025, the annual revenue will reach $46.1 billion on the back of a 9% annual increase.
User base to cross 500 million by 2025
According to Chaudhary the growth in the African e-commerce industry is primarily down to the expanding e-commerce user base on the continent.
“In 2017, only 138.9 million people shopped online in Africa. This figure is expected to grow up to 519.8 million in 2024, at a compound annual growth rate of 17.9%. It is interesting to note that the revenue growth rate is higher than that of the user base.
“Furthermore, the e-commerce penetration in the African population in 2024 is expected to be 40%. Therefore, there is significant room for further growth in the African e-commerce industry.”